I like those drawers. I think I might copy your idea for them when I get to that point in my bench. I think I prefer it to the apron drawer, though the apron drawer might be more proximal to work. We often see Paul reach under the left end of his bench for his sharpening plate board and I think the drawers might be a good place to store them.
you could easily have both on each side as long as you don’t plan on using a tail vice with dogs. I plan on making simple shelves on the left end of the bench as well, he did a blog recently hinting that he will be showing us how its done soon and also how the apron drawer is done, so I’m waiting for that before I start it.
I reconditioned a Milbro #4 plane today. Picked it up for $15 at a used antiques junk type store. She’s trying to sell some of my furniture so I stopped in and picked up a plane with the intention of turning it into a scrub to smooth my bench top. Not sure if I’ll convert it yet or not. Needless to say, my bench top isn’t smooth yet. It’s coming along though. I did get some work done on it before heading out to pick up that tool.
@sailor How did you work out the deal with the antiques dealer? Did you need to ask very many or was it fairly easy to get their interest? I’m interested in learning as many details as you’re willing to share.
Nothing magical.I had seen it when I was in prior to and I just went in and fiddled around with it to examine it. Checked the iron, cap, body of it and then plunked down the $15. Wasn’t worth haggling over to me. Left the store a few minutes later. I tuned it up yesterday and I’m not quite satisfied with it just yet. I have a few more things I want to adjust and then I’ll see if it can take sweet shavings off. It’s quite pitted on the bottom compared to my Stanley (new to me years ago and not pitted at all) and the iron probably needs to be replaced but that’s doable.